Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba, who cemented his place in Hollywood with his Oscar-winning "Belle Epoque," said during the presentation here of his latest film that he doesn't like the ambience of Tinseltown.
"The Hollywood dynamic isn't my thing. What I would perhaps like is to shoot a film here in English and with Aida Folch (the Spanish actress who is helping him promote his latest work in the United States), who learns a language in every film I do with her," he told Efe in an interview.
Trueba won the Silver Shell for best director at the San Sebastian Film Festival for his latest offering, "El artista y la modelo" (The Artist and the Model), which was filmed in French and features French and Italian stars such as Jean Rochefort and Claudia Cardinale.
The director said, however, that it remained to be seen how the film, with its deliberate pace and very European style, would be received in the Big Apple.
"We don't know yet," Trueba said, "although 'Belle Epoque' (winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1994) was best received in New York."
Trueba, who shot "El sueño del mono loco" (Twisted Obsession) partially in English and filmed "Two Much" in Miami Beach and regards late American filmmaker Billy Wilder as his cinema idol, said he felt at home in the United States and was looking forward to bringing his latest project to an American audience.
"In America, and especially in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, there's a lot of interest in art. There's an audience for this type of story. There's a sizable audience," he said.
Folch, who stands out amid a host of stars in "El artista y la modelo," which tells of an aging sculptor who is inspired by a young and beautiful Spanish political refugee, said of Trueba that he "is a very international director."
"Sometimes that's lost on us in Spain." EFE